Côte d'Ivoire emerges from prolonged violent conflicts, of which the post-election crisis is the latest episode. Alassane Ouattara could undertake his role as President in 2011, only after the intervention of the armed ex-rebels New Forces ("Nouvelles Forces"). The security context still remains fragile.
Côte d'Ivoire is the second biggest economy of West Africa after Nigeria. The country is the main supplier of cocoa in the world with 40% of the global cocoa production. It also exports oil, tropical fruits and tuna.
The EU and Côte d'Ivoire maintain very good relations. The EU is not only perceived as a donor, but also as an important political actor bringing about a political solution to the Ivorian crisis.
The EU’s Country Strategy Paper 2008-2013 and the National Indicative Programme detail the priorities for €254.7 million of funding under the 10th European Development Fund (2008-13). Peace building, good governance and improved social and economic infrastructure are the main aims of EU cooperation with Côte d'Ivoire.
Programmes include the regeneration of social services – in particular in the central, northern and western areas – where health, water and sanitation infrastructures have significantly deteriorated.
The country is also a beneficiary of funding from the EU’s Instrument for Stability (IfS).